…if you didn’t know that he was more or less universally regarded as a genius, you might peg him as the superfriendly host of a woodworking show on daytime public access. — Joel Lovell on George Saunders in the New York Times.
The sight of an old Radio Flyer will always break my heart. I don’t care about the still life—an adult pulling a child; abandoned in the grass; even if it’s filled up with some stupid yuppy’s plants—a single glance unravels. The red, the wheels, the life. The non-battery-powered joy of this simple thing on wheels. Those are the best dreams, the ones in which you fly.
Everyone’s so busy trying to figure out exactly what was wrong with Adam Lanza — and that’s a discussion to have at some point — but right now we really need to stay focused on gun control, the thing that can stop something like this from happening tomorrow. Because at the rate we’re going, that possibility isn’t exactly non-existent. In fact, it’s basically already happening. — “That woman is not Adam Lanza’s mother and she’s distracting us from the real issue" by Laura Beck, on Gawker.
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We heard after Columbine that it was too soon to talk about gun laws. We heard it after Virginia Tech. After Tucson and Aurora and Oak Creek. And now we are hearing it again. For every day we wait, 34 more people are murdered with guns. Today, many of them were five-year olds. President Obama rightly sent his heartfelt condolences to the families in Newtown. But the country needs him to send a bill to Congress to fix this problem. Calling for ‘meaningful action’ is not enough. We need immediate action. We have heard all the rhetoric before. What we have not seen is leadership – not from the White House and not from Congress. That must end today. This is a national tragedy and it demands a national response. My deepest sympathies are with the families of all those affected, and my determination to stop this madness is stronger than ever. — Mayor Bloomberg, co-chair, Mayors Against Illegal Guns:
From some dude named Bob Staake’s nativity scene, decorated by his nephew. Yay Staakes!
We’ve become a nation of indoor cats, he’d said. A nation of doubters, worriers, overthinkers. — From A Hologram for the King, by Dave Eggers